Claire Cawte

Contact Details

Claire Cawte Textile Studio Freeman Parc unit15b Penarth Road Cardiff CF11 8EQ claire cawte textiles - textile artist designer/maker [email protected] 07748842117


  • DBS : Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen, Elsewhere in Wales
  • Registered as Self Employed (UTR)
  • Indemnity insurance
  • Network artist training
  • ACW Creative Agent trained
  • Arts Council Wales Practitioner
  • Teaching qualification:
    2001-2004 BA (Hons) Cardiff Contemporary Textile Practice, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff 2007-2009 PGCE/PCET Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff Enhanced DBS 2019 EduCare Safeguarding Young People - level 2

Art form capabilities

  • Applied Art
    • Leather
    • Textiles
  • Arts Project Management
    • Private Sector - sole trader
  • Heritage
  • Visual Art
    • Drawing
    • Sculpture / 3D

Languages spoken

  • English


  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Caerphilly
  • Monmouthshire
  • Newport
  • Torfaen
  • Elsewhere in Wales
  • Elsewhere in UK


As a practicing freelance textile artist I specialise in using ethically sourced and biodegradable materials including British wool and sustainable plant dyes, combined with re-fashion, re-working worn, discarded materials and plastics in workshops. Utilising a range of techniques and processes from felt making, plant dyeing, botanical printing, knit, weave, lamination and fabric manipulation.
I have a wealth of experience running workshops independently and through galleries including, Makers Guild Wales where I am a member, LLantarnam Grange and Ruthin Craft Centre. I am a Creative Practitioner for (Lead Creative School) and have delivered workshops with Criw Celf during a week long summer school at Llanover Hall. I have continued to deliver Criw Celf workshops, currently at Maesteg Comprehensive focusing on the theme Fabric of Life. The children are responding to the current climate and environmental issues. They are designing and making garments and a stage set backdrop, by utilising waste materials and plastic, for their end of year fashion show.

As Creative Practitioner (LCS) at Coychurch Llangrallo Primary, Celtic Warriors project, by designing and making Celtic artefacts and costume. With a focus on living and surviving as a Celt, a hunter, gatherer, maker, and discussion around lifestyle, making comparisons between bartering and shopping. The pupils were taught a variety of processes and techniques, they made items they deemed essential in order to survive such as clothing, plant dye tabards, felted swords and daggers, painted shields, wire jewellery, felt purses. The children’s work was exhibited at Craft in the Bay 2018, and Tate Britain 2019.
Criw Celf: pioneer summer school, students developed a portfolio of drawings and inspiration. Developing their individual creative journey into designs and making a final piece in felt and fabric manipulation, including art pieces, accessories and fashion garments.

Machen Primary wanted to focus on process led workshop, with a keen interest in introducing the children to a variety of skills and techniques involved with natural dyeing. This included preparing fabric before dyeing, extracting colour from plant material ready to immerse fabric to dye as well as leaf pounding, solar dyeing and eco-print methods. The pieces of dyed fabric were collated into an Angie Lewin inspired Machen Meadow collage.

The schools listed below wished to create felt banners. By overseeing and coordinating
designs the children initially discuss, draw and research for inspiration, then work in design
teams to plan a composition.
Ysgol Yr Wern Primary School, Cardiff, made five collages in total one of each season, 1×1
meter each, and a large 3×1 meter collage of Castel Coch.
Blaenafon Primary School – Under the Sea, two large colourful felt collage of sea creatures.
Ysgol Gynfun Bro Morgannwg, Barry. Large hand felted St David’s Day Banner, based on
Points of interest around the Vale of Glamorgan, for Cardiff annual Parade.

I currently teach the Moral Fibre Felt & Fashion Module at Atlantic College, St Donat’s. I’m an Entrepreneurial Role Model for Big Ideas Wales, delivering business workshops, along with requests from school to run workshops linking to Enterprise Projects.

External links

school project images on my website


Claire provided a high quality experience for both staff and learners at Ysgol Machen. Claire worked collaboratively with staff to ensure that the workshops met our needs and communicated effectively with our project lead. The eco-dying workshops engaged all learners effectively and upskilled staff in an enthusiastic manner. Each learner contributed by donating resources collected from their own homes, gardens or locality and clear sustainability and eco messages were reinforced in a creative way. Claire made good use of pupil voice, ensuring that learners’ designs and contributions led the making process. We would not hesitate in recommending Claire as a creative lead and her workshops as an engaging enrichment experience.
Jen CoxDirprwy Dros Dro, Acting Deputy Head Ysgol Machen Primary School